Marcel De Stefano

One of my favorite quotes belongs to Lao Tsu, a Chinese philosopher, who said that "a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." My journey started in Argentina, the country in which I was born and raised by a single mother in a low-income family. Neither my mother nor my father completed high school, but both had a strong belief in education.


I love to travel and learn about different cultures. I received several scholarships and studied in Santa Fe and Buenos Aires in Argentina, Madrid, Pittsburgh, Amherst, Miami and New York. Each of these experiences helped me gain a better understanding of global issues. I completed my M.Ed. at CIE, UMass in 2000. I have great memories from CIE and I am very grateful for all the help and support I received while studying there. After UMass, I completed an Ed.D. in Educational Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University, graduating in May 2003. 


I then worked in New York City in different roles.  Among other jobs, I worked as a School Administrator at the Brooklyn Charter School, as a Lead Researcher at Teachers College, Columbia University, and as a Manager at Helene Fuld College of Nursing. For 10+ years I worked as the Director of School-Based Health Centers, Dental Clinics, and Health Insurance at the New York City Department of Education where I succeeded in achieving challenging goals by providing innovative solutions and working effectively with a wide range of stakeholders. I oversaw 150 School-Based Health Centers serving over 350 schools, 95 dental clinics, and health insurance services assisting over 1.2 million students in 1,800+ schools.


In addition, I have been working part-time as an Adjunct Professor at BMCC and New York University for the last four years. At the moment, as I travel a lot (Pictured right in Bilbao, Spain), I am working as an online professor at BMCC, CUNY.


My journey has been long, challenging, and at the same time full of opportunities. I am very grateful to what America has offered me and, in particular CIE at UMass.[6-19]





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